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Bush confident US immigration bill will pass [BOHICA]
AFP/Breibart ^ | Jun 11 | Breitbart

Posted on 06/11/2007 8:32:49 PM PDT by indcons

US President George W. Bush was confident Monday that the most sweeping overhaul of US immigration laws in two decades will ultimately clear Congress once he gets home from his European tour.

Speaking in Bulgaria's capital Sofia, Bush acknowledged disappointment that the legislation -- aimed at bringing 12 million illegal immigrants out of the shadows -- collapsed Thursday in the Democratic-controlled Congress.

"Listen, the immigration debate is a tough debate. I'm under no illusions about how hard it is," he told a news conference.

"There are people in my (Republican) party that don't want a comprehensive bill. There are people in the Democrat Party that don't seem to want a comprehensive bill."

But he said that he would, upon his return to Washington, get in touch with leading Democrats and Republicans who do support the legislation to get it firmly back on track.

"I'll be going to the Senate to talk about a way forward on the piece of legislation," he said.

"I'm going to work with those who are focused on getting an immigration bill done and start taking some steps forward again. I believe we can get it done. I'll see you at the bill signing."

Harry Reid, the Democratic leader of the Senate, withdrew the bill Thursday after senators, seeking to add amendments, voted twice within nine hours not to move it towards a final vote as he had demanded.

Billed as a "grand bargain," the proposed law would grant a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, establishing a merit-based points system for future immigrants, and create a low-wage temporary worker program.

It also envisions a border security crackdown, punishment for employers who hire illegal immigrants and an attempt to wipe out a backlog of visa applications from those who have gone through legal channels.

Bush, who has made immigration reform a top priority of his second presidential term, is due to attend a Senate Republican policy lunch on Tuesday following his trip to Europe.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; bush; illegalimmigration; illegals; immigrantlist
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BOHICA...this time, Bush is going to lead the charge in person.
1 posted on 06/11/2007 8:32:52 PM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons

This damned bill is like a zombie from Night of the Living Dead. Someone, kill the abomination once and for all.


3 posted on 06/11/2007 8:34:32 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: indcons

And i’m confident that when all is said and done Bush will have an approval ratings in the teens.


4 posted on 06/11/2007 8:35:05 PM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: indcons

Bush, we told you loudly...no.


5 posted on 06/11/2007 8:35:45 PM PDT by bannie
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To: indcons

6 posted on 06/11/2007 8:39:06 PM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.)
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To: indcons
If President Bush is successful in getting the immigration bill passed, it will put the Republican party on the ash heap of history.
7 posted on 06/11/2007 8:39:39 PM PDT by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (The facts of life are conservative -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: indcons

The President’s oath is to enforce the laws, not press the Congress for new ones. He is way out of line.


8 posted on 06/11/2007 8:41:22 PM PDT by Rapscallion (How do all US Senators enter office poor and retire as millionaires???)
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To: indcons

The bill has been bought and paid for by industry that wants its supply of cheap labor guaranteed. The initial appearances that it’s dead are just for show. It’s very much alive, and it will pass no matter how many calls are made. The one that passes will be slightly different.


9 posted on 06/11/2007 8:42:01 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: SmoothTalker

His low approval ratings will mean totally nothing to him.


10 posted on 06/11/2007 8:42:09 PM PDT by 353FMG (Some say it's a melting pot, others liken it to a pressure cooker.)
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To: indcons

...a pox upon your whitehouse oh foolish one.....


11 posted on 06/11/2007 8:42:33 PM PDT by NorCalRepub
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To: SmoothTalker

Optimist.


12 posted on 06/11/2007 8:42:37 PM PDT by Iwo Jima ("Close the border. Then we'll talk.")
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To: bannie

13 posted on 06/11/2007 8:42:40 PM PDT by Diogenesis (`)
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To: indcons

So do we storm the halls?


14 posted on 06/11/2007 8:43:39 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Bet you Bush wishes he had that "Fairness Doctrine" now, to STOP the debate!)
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To: SmoothTalker

He doesn’t care what his ratings are, neither the democrats he’s working with...The supporters of the bill would take low ratings to get it passed...And....If they don’t get it passed it could be authorized somehow through 9/11 powers for security or economy reasons...

“And i’m confident that when all is said and done Bush will have an approval ratings in the teens.”


15 posted on 06/11/2007 8:43:52 PM PDT by msnpatriot
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To: Natty Bumppo@frontier.net

yep


16 posted on 06/11/2007 8:45:16 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker ( Hunter/Thompson/Thompson/Hunter in 08! "Read my lips....No new RINO's" !!)
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To: indcons

The politicians who support this bill are thralls of the businesses that use illegal labor. These businesses want to pass part of the cost of doing business on to the American taxpayer (in the form of health care, education, food stamps, etc). It’s a huge corruption of our government, a corruption of those we put into a position to protect our interests. They’re refusing to fulfill the oaths of their offices.

We need to throw these criminals over the side.


17 posted on 06/11/2007 8:45:18 PM PDT by de meanr (Hunter / Thompson 08 - Fear and Loathing in DC)
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To: indcons
Bush, who has made immigration reform amnesty for illegals a the top priority of his second presidential term.

There, how about some real accuracy in reporting?

18 posted on 06/11/2007 8:45:36 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Sybeck1
So do we storm the halls?

YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YESY YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES 7YES .......

19 posted on 06/11/2007 8:45:58 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: indcons

Has George W. got some of Paris Hilton’s stash? He seems out of touch with reality!


20 posted on 06/11/2007 8:48:39 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: Digger
A little tar and feathers perhaps?
21 posted on 06/11/2007 8:48:57 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Bet you Bush wishes he had that "Fairness Doctrine" now, to STOP the debate!)
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To: indcons

Bush is a putz.


22 posted on 06/11/2007 8:50:23 PM PDT by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Digger

Please don’t let THIS bill come true! See my own reasons, please - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1848078/posts -
http://immigrationparentsreform.blogspot.com/


24 posted on 06/11/2007 8:52:01 PM PDT by crossing_over
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To: msnpatriot
The supporters of the bill would take low ratings to get it passed.

Not if they believed it would really get them kicked out of office. These traitors crave money, of course, but they crave the power and prestige of their office even more. They have lived with low ratings before yet keep on getting reelected. Until some Senators are given the boot because of their opposition to the will of their constituents, they have no reason to be concerned about voter approval.

25 posted on 06/11/2007 8:52:17 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: indcons

Bush has nothing to lose. He either does not care what he does to the party to which he is the titular leader or he is just plain stupid. Maybe he is both. The country is left depending on some Democrats in the House who are smarter than Jorge and understand that if they want to continue a career in elected office they better stay away from amnesty. The backlash and there will be backlash will be on House seats. I voted for Jorge twice and I am left trusting some House Democrats to act out of self-interest in order to stop what will be an incredible expansion of the social welfare state and totally destroy a middle class which does the right thing and believes in the rule of law.


26 posted on 06/11/2007 8:52:50 PM PDT by Biblebelter (I can't believe people still watch TV with the sound on.)
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To: indcons

27 posted on 06/11/2007 8:53:08 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: indcons

If he put 1/4 of that tenacity to enforcing the current laws and getting Hunter’s fence built, the problem would largely go away.


28 posted on 06/11/2007 8:54:17 PM PDT by pissant
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To: Doctor Don
He seems is out of touch with reality.

There. I fixed it for you.

29 posted on 06/11/2007 8:54:36 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: mysterio

I may be naive, but I still cling to the belief that the fear of being kicked out of office by angry constituants will trump whatever pressure GWB puts on the Congress.


30 posted on 06/11/2007 8:56:28 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: indcons
"I'm going to work with those who are focused on getting an immigration bill done and start taking some steps forward again. I believe we can get it done. I'll see you at the bill signing."

I read somewhere that the President has a three part strategy to get this bill passed. The first part was to act confident. If I happen to find the site/thread that outlined the strategy, I will post it on this thread.

The President has a lot of power, but he will not be running for office again. It is up to us to persuade the Senators that they have more to fear from us than from the President.

Don't wait until morning. Call/fax/email NOW. And again in the morning.
31 posted on 06/11/2007 8:58:06 PM PDT by goldfinch
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To: indcons

The illegal immigration problems we have need to be fixed, but legalization will only through gas on the fire.

The illegal immigration problem is easily solved without new legislation. Just enforce the current immigration laws! The illegals already here will self deport once that happens.


32 posted on 06/11/2007 8:58:24 PM PDT by TheDon (The DemocRAT party is the party of TREASON! Overthrow the terrorist's congress!)
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To: indcons

Just say NO to Amnesty!! Keep calling!! It’s NOT OVER!!

U.S. Senate switchboard: (202) 224-3121

U.S. House switchboard: (202) 225-3121

White House comments: (202) 456-1111

Find your House Rep.: http://www.house.gov/writerep

Find your US Senators: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


33 posted on 06/11/2007 8:59:48 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Colorado Doug

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL


34 posted on 06/11/2007 9:02:08 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: indcons
Is Bush being blackmailed somehow? I don't want to sound like a DU nut-job, but damn. At first I thought the Bush blackmail story on News max was a joke. WTF!
35 posted on 06/11/2007 9:05:21 PM PDT by Timbo64
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; Colorado Doug

LOL indeed but it got deleted.


36 posted on 06/11/2007 9:07:32 PM PDT by indcons (Linda and Hugo Chavez - same goals, different methods)
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Aw c’mon! Post #23 ROCKED!!


37 posted on 06/11/2007 9:07:51 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Can I get Post23 (that was that awesome picture with Bush and Kennedy) as private mail?????


38 posted on 06/11/2007 9:17:18 PM PDT by crossing_over
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To: Pravious

Perhaps you’re right.


39 posted on 06/11/2007 9:19:25 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Timbo64

Well, if it is true I would like to see him stand up and let the truth be known rather than sell out our country.


40 posted on 06/11/2007 9:23:06 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: indcons

41 posted on 06/11/2007 9:25:27 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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Oh come on, pretty please? #23 wasn’t that bad and Teddy the Swimmer was in it too.


42 posted on 06/11/2007 9:25:27 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: indcons

This guy makes his father look like George Washington.


43 posted on 06/11/2007 9:25:57 PM PDT by claudiustg (I didn't leave the Republican Party. I was purged.)
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To: indcons
..this time, Bush is going to lead the charge in person.

As he has all along.

44 posted on 06/11/2007 9:30:26 PM PDT by dragnet2
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" The President’s oath is to enforce the laws, not press the Congress for new ones. He is way out of line."

It is really strange how some presidents never got the memo. Should be written in as part of the oath of office.

But for Bush to completely ignore the Constitution, his conservative base, as well as the republican party in general on this requires him to ignore the basics of party politics ... ethics, morals, and loyalty to the American people.

Can't be done without our political system suffering grave consequences. Nay, not just grave, but fatal consequences.

45 posted on 06/11/2007 9:30:30 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: indcons

This is not over yet. Bush refuses to give up this easily. It's his stubborn character. He will try to resurrect it and call it something else. We have to keep our guard up. We need to keep the pressure up.

STAGE TWO is to go after the people who hire illegals. Start giving them fines and arresting them. Just catch ten or 100 of them on the nightly news. The magnet will dry up and most of the 12 million will go home by themselves.

As an addendum, we should anonymously call the IRS, people working "off the books" means taxes ain't being paid. Make anonymous fliers and hang them around the neighborhood, name names. It's time to embarrass these bustards, whether they give to the GOP or Rats, we don't need them.

STOP AMNESTY NOW!! WE CAN DO IT!!

CALL! CALL! CALL! CALL! AND KEEP CALLING TILL THE LINES FRY!

WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! TILL YOU RUN OUT OF INK IN YOUR PEN!

Bombard the Democrats as well, especially the ones that ran on an anti illegal immigration plank and the ones in marginal districts who could be vulnerable. keep pounding on them. This is a bipartisan issue not a Conservative or Liberal issue BUT AN AMERICAN issue.

46 posted on 06/11/2007 9:30:54 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Digger; Sybeck1

We need something like the tea party......not something violent, but something that gets the message into their pocket books. I wish I knew what it was....other than y’all should change your withholding to “10” - the maximum allowable. THAT might get the message to ‘em.


47 posted on 06/11/2007 9:31:36 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged BuildsCharacter! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: claudiustg

Please call Senate to kill this bill. I am a failed legal immigrant (white European US-educated male) with a little American daughter left behind in the US and in exchange for this amnesty for law breaking they plan to cancel ALL legal ways to immigrate. I always believed the US was a country of fairness and freedom, but it reminds me now of my East German days before the wall.

http://immigrationparentsreform.blogspot.com/
http://immigrationparentsreform.blogspot.com/2007/05/draft-bill-international-divorce.html
http://www.petitiononline.com/07ptbu05/petition.html


48 posted on 06/11/2007 9:32:56 PM PDT by crossing_over
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"There are people in my (Republican) party that don't want a comprehensive bill. There are people in the Democrat Party that don't seem to want a comprehensive bill."

Mr President - there was a time I would have stood proudly with you when you say 'My Republican party'.

From your actions it is clear that you and the Republican party have parted company!!

49 posted on 06/11/2007 9:34:43 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: Cacique
This is not over yet. Bush refuses to give up this easily. It's his stubborn character. He will try to resurrect it and call it something else. We have to keep our guard up.

It's sad that the man we all supported and worked hard to put in office is now doing what he is doing. Selling out our country.

50 posted on 06/11/2007 9:38:02 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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